mini art lesson: Inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s Portrait of Barack Obama

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Kehinde Wiley is the first African-American artist commissioned to paint an official presidential portrait. He painted the first African-American president of the United States. In fact, there were many firsts about Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama. To appreciate this, the lesson covers the legacy of presidential portraits that go all the way back to the country’s founding father, President George Washington.

This lesson explores the legacy of presidential portraits with special attention to the newest addition of this long-standing tradition, Kehinde Wiley’s Portrait of Barack Obama. The lesson covers symbolism in art and allows children to learn to portray feeling through portrait-style art. Download the free Kehinde Wiley art lesson and learn about the legacy of presidential portraits and how portraits show more than a person’s face, they tell their story.

Art in Action’s free mini lessons are designed for parents to explore art as a powerful method for learning through play.

 


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